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What if we could design an autonomous flying robot with the navigational and learning abilities of a honeybee?

Such a computationally and energy-efficient autonomous robot would represent a step-change in robotics technology and is precisely what the ‘Brains on Board’ project aims to achieve.

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Had a chat about robots with @DannyPike today: https://t.co/UbnpHWke97 and I'm on at 1:41. Thanks to @BBCSussex and @BrainsOnBoard

Check out how our brian2genn obliterates the competition in figure 11 of this interesting new paper https://t.co/TnB3OJ74Ij @briansimulator @BrainsOnBoard @ICEDsussex @SussexEASy @GeNNTeam

Our new platform has completed initial flight tests... thanks to Malloy Aeronautics for the battery and specification input, and @TheAMRC for design and fabrication https://t.co/tNbu60M4i3

Felix Dujardin's (1801-1860) beautiful drawings of honeybee brains (1850). Dujardin discovered the mushroom bodies in insect brains (the convoluted structures on top of the drawings) and found that they were relatively larger in species that he thought were more intelligent.

.⁦@DARPA⁩ funding call sounds like a great idea 🧐 https://t.co/iLTm9VBnEf

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Introducing BeeBot V2!

The Brains on Board team in Sheffield Robotics are proud to unveil their new custom research quadcopter, BeeBotV2. Unlike the MiniBeeV1 platform, BeeBotV2 enables on-board brain models, with a modular compute and sensor payload; [...]

Introducing the MiniBee V1!

We have been developing our own quad copters to replicate the senses and flight of honey bees. Minibee is the new smallest member of our quad copter family. With panoramic [...]

Brains on Board feature by the BBC

 The BBC has published a short film about the Brains on Board project, featuring an interview with Andy Philippides from our team at the University of Sussex.

Ethical Innovation in AI and Robotics

James Marshall and colleagues from the University of Sheffield have contributed to a feature aired by Canadian news broadcaster CBS News on concerns over lethal autonomous weapons systems. [...]

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Research Centres

+ Sheffield Robotics – University of Sheffield

+ Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics – University of Sussex

+ Department of Biological and Experimental Psychology – Queen Mary University of London

+ Department of Biomedical Sciences – University of Sheffield

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